The long-term goal of this research is to drive water utilities to become more resilient enterprises. A principal motivation is the need to maintain stakeholder confidence in utilities’ capacity to manage the substantive challenges they face (in the short-, mid- and long-term). In support of that overall aim, this project: (1) Helps establish a common definition for “resilient infrastructure” in the context of the water utility sector in the United States; (2) Identified existing resources, ongoing efforts, best practices, and potential partner agencies or organizations addressing infrastructure resilience in the water sector, in the United States and internationally; (3) Identified and prioritized a set of targeted research needs and objectives that, if addressed, will underpin the development of pragmatic tools and guidance for water utilities.
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Some interesting research going on at Imperial College London bringing together interests in the visualization of complex engineering projects, and interests in interdependencies across different kinds of infrastructure systems, towards systems engineering in a human-natural environment.
As part of the Autumn 2018 Budget statement in the UK, the National Infrastructure Commission announced a study on the resilience of the UK’s infrastructure systems. The study will consider what action government should take to ensure that infrastructure can cope with future changes, disruptions, shocks and accidents.